Karen Waters, daughter of Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters (Calif.), is making a decent living running an operation connected to her mother’s campaign committee.
According to filings with the Federal Election Committee, Karen has earned $650,000 since 2006 running an operation that pulls in mountains of money each election cycle for her mother’s election committee, Citizens for Waters.
The FEC documents reveal that Karen Waters was paid just over $65,000 during last year’s campaign cycle to run the committee's "slate mail" operation and is owed an additional $108,952. Once Karen receives that payment, she’ll have made more than $750,000 since 2006 for the job, the Washington Free Beacon reported. More from the Free Beacon:
Slate mailers, or endorsement mailers, involve a candidate or political group paying for the endorsement of another politician.
A candidate pays Citizens for Waters from their own political committees for her endorsement. If a candidate that she endorses does not directly pay her campaign committee, they must credit their own committee with in-kind contributions from Waters.
The mailers are sent to nearly 200,000 residents in South Central Los Angeles, an area where Waters holds considerable clout. The mailers contain an "official sample ballot" and brief quotes from Waters about the candidates and measures that she supports.
The arrangements that Maxine Waters' campaign makes with other politicians and political groups seeking her endorsement has become quite a lucrative operation each campaign year. In fact, just last year, Waters’ campaign brought in nearly $300,000 from groups buying her endorsement.
The Citizens for Responsibly and Ethics in Washington, a left-leaning government watchdog, has listed Waters, a 13-term congresswomen, to their list of "most corrupt" politicians four times: 2005, 2006, 2009 and 2011.
The California Democrat was also charged with three counts of ethics violations in 2010 after she helped secure federal bailout funds in 2008 for a bank in which her husband held stocks.